Movie Review: True Grit

January 1, 2011

I really liked this movie. It was the story of  a 14 year old girl, Mattie Ross who is seeking justice for her father’s murder. Her mother is too distraught to think about justice and so goes out on her own to seek help. She meets Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) a United States Marshall who has a reputation for killing his suspects (and for drinking heavily). Together they seek the man who killed her father.

The movie was funny and compelling. It was honest about death but didn’t glorify it. It was interesting and entertaining but not thoughtless.

The thing I liked most about this movie was the fact that Christianity was presupposed. The movie started off by quoting Proverbs 28:1, ” The wicked man flees though no one pursues”. The score and theme of the movie was a variation of the old baptist hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. It was a sort of Christian movie that didn’t preach. The weight of sin was demonstrated. Justice was demonstrated. The inability of vengeance to bring peace was shown.

When Hollywood does movies with serious themes they usually present some sentimental form of nihilism. This was quite different. It was very good.

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